The supergroup is already an entrenched rock and roll tradition, but with arrival of The Both, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann's new project, the superduo is making gains. Combining Leo's distorted yet tuneful guitar work and Mann's easy, silvery vocals, The Both is power-pop at its best, as heard on their debut single "Milwaukee," all brisk drums and bright harmonies. In advance of their 2014 debut full-length, The Both are treating fans to select US tour dates, and if Leo's punk rock background has anything to say about it, the duo will pull out all the stops at their live shows.
While on tour together as solo acts in 2013, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann decided to team up after sharing an aha moment in front of a statue of Arthur Fonzarelli, a.k.a. The Fonz, in downtown Milwaukee. Both were already respected musicians — Leo made a name for himself in the '00s with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, while Mann is known for her time fronting '80s new wave band 'Til Tuesday and an illustrious solo career. Although the two have shared many bills over the years, The Both marks their first collaboration, but you'd never know it — the ease and confidence the duo exude on debut single "Milwaukee" implies a much more veteran project. As far as new music goes, it doesn't get much newer than The Both — with their first full-length and tour scheduled for spring 2014, fans at their first live shows wills share the privilege of getting in early on a very promising project.